Kunwar, Ambarish

Dr. Ambarish Kunwar

Assistant Professor

Phone: +(91-22) 2576 7799
Fax: +(91-22) 2572 3480
E-mail: akunwar [at] iitb(dot)ac(dot)in
Location: Room No. 204, BSBE Building
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Research Interest

  • Biophysics
  • Non-equilibrium Statistical Physics
  • Computational Modeling

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor : Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, 2012
  • Assistant Professor : Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, 2011-2012
  • Postdoctoral Scholar : Department of Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior, University of California Davis, 2008-2011
  • Postdoctoral Scholar : Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California Irvine, 2006-2008

Academic Background

  • B.Sc. (Honours): Banaras Hindu University, 1999
  • M.Sc. (Physics): Banaras Hindu University, 2001
  • Ph.D.: Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, 2006
Awards / Honors
  • Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award for the year 2012 (IYBA 2012), Department of Biotechnology, India
  • Young Faculty Award, IIT Bombay
  • Excellence-in-Research Fellowship, IIT Gandhinagar


Selected Recent Publications

  1. Roop Mallik, Arpan Kumar Rai, Pradeep Barak, Ashim Rai and Ambarish Kunwar, Teamwork in Microtubule Motors, Trends in Cell Biology, doi:10.1016/j.tcb.2013.06.003
  2. Ankit Rai, Tilak Kumar Gupta, Sudarshan Kini, Ambarish Kunwar, Avadhesha Surolia, Dulal Panda, CXI-benzo-84 reversibly binds to tubulin at colchicine site and induces apoptosis in cancer cells, Biochemical Pharmacology, Vol. 86, 378 (2013)
  3. Ambarish Kunwar*, Suvranta K Tripathy*, Jing Xu, Michelle K. Mattson, Preetha Anand, Roby Sigua, Michael Vershinin, Richard J. McKenney, Clare C. Yu, Alexander Mogilner† and Steven P. Gross†, “Mechanical Stochastic Tug-of-war Models Cannot Explain Bi-directional Lipid droplet Transport”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 108, 18960, † Equal Authorship, 2011.
  4. Richard J. McKenney*, Micahel Vershinin*, Ambarish Kunwar, Richard B. Vallee† and Steven P. Gross†, “LIS1 and NudE Induce a Persistent Dynein Force-Producing State”, Cell, Vol. 141, 304 (2010) *,† Equal Authorship, On cover of Cell-April 16, 2010 issue
  5. Ambarish Kunwar and Alexander Mogilner, “Robust Transport by Multiple Motors with Non-linear Force-Velocity Relations and Stochastic Load Sharing”, Physical Biology, Vol. 7, 016012, 2010.
  6. Ambarish Kunwar, Michael Vershinin, Jing Xu and Steven P. Gross, “Stepping, Strain Gating, and an Unexpected Force-Velocity Curve for Multiple-Motor-Based Transport”, Current Biology, Vol. 18, 1173, 2008.